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FAQ

Frequently Asked

Will I speak after my course?

Choosing the best course for you, either private or group classes is essential to start. To speak and understand French you need a few factors together to have an optimal results such as : 

1. Routine : being frequent in your studies and attending the classes

2. Discipline in your self study: to appreciate an improvement. Studying on your own is important. You can try yourself attending one class without reviewing and one another one with previous revision, the difference between the two experiences is speechless. 

How do I know if this kind of course is for me?

The best way to know it, it’s to give it a try. Our teachers are all experienced and dedicated 100% to their students. All our students succeed to reach their goals in French. In addition, if you have a doubt about rather private French classes are for you or not, you can read on our blog a great article about the pros and cons of private French classes and group French classes

Can I have a free trial?

No. We offer a free call with a teacher. If you would like to book a call with a teacher, contact us here.  We don’t offer free classes because our French teacher are teaching for their living. As a consequence, it won’t be possible to ask them to work for free. Would you work for free without knowing if your client will continue working with you? We neither. 😉 

Can I have a discount if I take many hours?

The discount question is a very good one. First answer that comes into our mind is : why? Why would you like a discount? Teaching an hour or ten hours will require the same amount of energy and preparation. Teaching French is a service not a product. When you go to a restaurant with 5 people, do you ask for a discount? So don't we. 

Why the minimum is 10 hours?

We are results oriented. We want you to feel comfortable and confident to speak French. We know by experience that you won’t appreciate and enjoy progress with less than 10 hours. It takes a few sessions to your brain to understand and implement all the things you've studied with your private French teacher. In addition, we don’t sale you an hourly rate service but results. To reach and appreciate great results, we need, you and your teacher to work together for a few sessions to enjoy changes and improvement.

What is included in the rate?

In the rate, you have copies, transport of your teacher and the content. Also, I Learn French insist in paying its teachers an appropriate rate for their work. We are strongly against the ubersation of teaching jobs and we want to help our trainer to earn their life decently. As the quote said "When you pay peanuts you get monkeys", our teachers are highly experienced and certified. This is also the reaons why we are one of the best school in town. Highly motivated and well paid teachers offer the best trainings. 

Why the minimum is 10 hours?

We are results oriented. We want you to feel comfortable and confident to speak French. We know by experience that you won’t appreciate and enjoy progress with less than 10 hours. It takes a few sessions to your brain to understand and implement all the things you've studied with your private French teacher. In addition, we don’t sale you an hourly rate service but results. To reach and appreciate great results, we need, you and your teacher to work together for a few sessions to enjoy changes and improvement.

I have a B2 level, how many hours do I need to improve and progress? Can you help?

With a B2 level, we recommend to attend one hour per week or every two weeks. During the class, you will be able to practice and get some extra grammar. You will ask to study from one class to another and this is how you gonna make the difference. At B2 level, we mainly work with authentic documents and supports such as press articles for francophones, podcasts, videos, ... In this article, we give you tips to progress beyond level B2. 

How long does it take to reach the next level?
Improve and reach the next level will depend on your regularity attending the French classes AND your regularity studying on your own. Our teachers will guide you through the language and you will explore all  the perspectives such as grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehensions. Once all the keys are in your hands, you will be the only actor of your progress. In other words, if you study regularly on your own and practice you will progress. If you only attend the class and don’t work and review your previous classes, your improvement will be slow or inexistant. 
Why are private classes more expensive that group classes ?
In private French classes you have the word “private”.  Private involves that you are the only and unique actor of your class. You don’t share your time with someone else. You will learn faster and the content will be custom only based on your needs and expectations and on your way of studying. This requires a full dedication from your teacher to help you improve in French. As a consequence, the rate can’t be the same as a group classes. 
When can I register?

We offer only private French classes. As a consequence, you can register whenever you want. 

Can I have the Resumes of the teachers before making a decision?

No. You can see a few profiles of our teachers on the website. All teachers are not displayed on the website as some of them are not comfortable with their pictures online and being visible.
I Learn French is a language agency working with freelance teachers. As a consequence, all teachers are officially registered and their personal data such as home adress, phone numbers are available to everyone online.
For safety reasons, only the first name of teachers is displayed on our website. In addition, for the same safety reasons, their resumes with their complete name are not provided to unknown/potential clients.

If you would like to have a look at the resume of one teacher, you can have a look at the resume of the founder, Yasmine Lesire on Linkedin.

Can you help me pass the DELF/DALF?

We do train our students to pass the DELF and DALF examination. Contact us for more information about it.  

Do you work for companies?

We mainly work with companies and demanding customers. Would you like to learn French with us and you don't want to be in charge of the administrative aspect of your classes? We are here for you. Let me know who we have to contact and your company and we will take care of everything. The only thing you need to do is learning French. Let us be in charge of everything. Contact us for more information.

What is the background of the teachers ?

All our teachers have international background and speak more than one language. We work only with teachers who can truly understand what it is to learn a language as an adult and the challenge that it can involve. 

Our teachers are experienced and dynamic. Although, we do not exclusively work with teachers with Master in teaching French as a second language because it wasn't the ideal profile for our students. We mainly work with teacher-entrepreneur. We work with teachers in love with their native language and willing to share what they know with others. Our teachers love to interact and communicate with people. Before starting working with us, they all have a in-house training. Our methodology is unique and efficient. 

Do you offer classes during the weekend?

Yes, some teachers accept to work during the weekend. Although, not all of them. Having classes during the weekend might involve extra fees.   

Can I have the classes at my place ?

The first class always take place in your office or in a cafe. Your teacher is free to accept or refuse to come to your place. For safety reasons, we can’t guarantee visiting teaching in private home. 

Can I have the class at my office?

Yes, of course. The teacher comes to your office. We also offer classes online. 

When can I start the classes?

As all the classes are private you can start whenever you want and wherever you want. 

How long does it take to speak?

The speed to learn depends on you. Attending a course is already a good step for your French classes but it will not be enough to improve. Yes, unfortunately, you will also have to study on your own. 

How can I practice between my classes?

With I Learn French you will always be given  homework and exercises to practice on your own. If you don’t have homework, reviewing past classes is an excellent practice to memorize and fix what you have studied so far. If you want or need, your teacher would be more than happy to give you extra exercises, don’t hesitate to ask for them. 

Is there a community of students I can connect with?

Yes, there is a secret group on Facebook where you can connect with other students and ask anything you want about the French language even after your training. 

My problem is that I can’t speak French, can you help?

Of course we can help and we would be more than happy to help you. We will give you the confidence to feel more comfortable with the French language. We know that learning a language as an adult can involve sometimes frustration and misunderstanding. We will help you to go beyond them. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when you stated that you can't speak. You can read some of the reasons in the article here XXXX(coming) 

Why can’t I speak French?
Most of the time, adults students attend classes and think that after a few period of time, without practicing on their own, they will be able to speak the French fluently. Unfortunately, it works only for few gifted people. Learning French requires regularity in attending the classes, taking notes during the class, practicing exercises on your own, re-read your notes, reviewing your previous classes. If you skip those steps, your progress will be truly damaged and as a consequence you won't feel comfortable enough to speak. There are two categories of people. You are maybe one of them. The first category, is the group of people who don't care if they make mistakes and speak even in broken French. They are not ashamed of their rusty French and they maximize their experience while speaking French. The other category, is the group of people who can't speak for many reasons: they are shy, they are too strict with themselves and they don't allow mistakes, they have a fear of failing and so they never really practice. The fear and uncomfortableness often come from a lack of study. We know that we didn't study enough so we know that we won't be able to speak properly. Do you recognize yourself in the last description? Do you want to talk about it with us?
How can I register?

You can register by sending a message in the contact form right here

 

How many hours do I need to reach the next level?

Usually and based on our experience, you can reach the next level after 20 or 30 hours of course. Attending French classes only isn’t enough to reach the next level. You will have also to study on your own and between classes. If you don’t study at all, it is possible that even after 40 hours you don’t progress. Regularity in attending classes is also a key to reach the next level. If you have a class every three weeks and a beginner level, it will be challenging to improve in French. 

What material do you use during the class?

We use many books while teaching French. We highly recommend all the book from CLE International. 

There is one book that we highly recommend to learn the French grammar and it's considered as a bible by many French teachers: Grammaire progressive du français, niveau intérmédiaire.

I am too shy to speak, can you help me?

Yes, of course. We would be more than happy to help being more comfortable speaking French. We will work together on communication with real life situations. 

How do I know if the private classes are appropriate for me?

Private French classes are ideal for picky and active professionals who don't have time to attend classes on a fixed basis. Private French classes are flexible in terms of location : your office, online, in a café and in terms of schedule : whenever you are available. The content of your French classes will be only adapted to you and your needs. If you are looking for a custom French classes, then private French classes are definitely a solution for you. 

If you doubt between private French classes and group French classes, have a look at the following article where the pros and the cons of both are described. 

 

I never learned a foreign language, is it difficult to learn French?

Yes and no. Yes, it will be difficult if you are not motivated and you are forced to do it. Do you remember when you were forced to study something in school you didn't like but you had to otherwise you would have failed your course? Do you still remember what you were forced to study? No? Then it will be the same effect with your French now. 

No, it will be easy for you if you are motivated, patient about your progress, ready to enjoy the journey to reach your goals and ready to dedicate time to it. Learning French is a journey and you need to allow some time to start appreciate results.  Learning French is like working out. If you work hard you will see results. If you continue eating chocolate after your work out, you won't see any results, even if your coach is amazing. 

How much does it cost?

A private French class costs 60€/hour without tax. If you plan to take at least 40 hours paid in once, a discount is applied. Contact us to have more information about it.  

Do you give certification?

We do offer a in-house certification upon request. Please do not forget to let us know before your start the classes with us. We will evaluate your level at the beginning and at the end of the course and provide you a certificate with your progress.  

Do you offer classes online?

Of course, we offer classes online through Skype and zoom. 

 

Do you offer group classes?

No, we don't offer group classes. We accept customers that come as a group of friends or colleagues but we don't create group ourselves. The rate for groups is different. Don't hesitate to keep in touch with usto have more details about it. 

Do you offer intensive course?

Yes, we do and they are amazing. We offer customized intensive course: 1h30, 2h or 3 hours per day from one week up to one month. We also offer semi-intensive courses with three private French classes per week. 

What is the best way to learn French?

There are many ways to learn French. The best way will be your own way to learn it.  Some people need to write down the words and the explanation to learn. Other have a photographic memory and others have a listening memory. It is important you find yours. Finding what is more ideal for your learning might be as challenging as learning French itself. You don't know what would be the best for you? Don't worry, your teacher will help you! With that said, there are a few factors that are essential if you want to learn: being motivated and regular. 

What frequency should I attend the classes?

The regularity and the routine are very important if you want to progress in French. We always recommend to attend at least a private French class once a week for at least three months to enjoy progress. Attending a private French class every three weeks with a beginner level won't be beneficial for you. We prefer to be honest about it.  

I am very busy with work and private life, can you help me?

Absolutely! Actually, this is our speciality. We mostly work with demanding and very busy clients who don't have time to attend courses with fixed schedule and location. Many professionals like you don't learn French because of lack of time and organization. We know that you might have to deal with career opportunities, private and social life and you don' t have time to include a French course. Everyone deserve to learn French, so do you. Your class comes to your office, when you are available. If you are traveling a lot, the class follows you abroad online. Let's plan a call to discuss it more in details in the coming days. Contact us here

I need flexible private French classes, do you offer flexibility in terms of location and schedule?

Yes, of course. Your French class is available when you are available. The teacher comes to your office when it is more appropriate for you.